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 Rope-walk [barristers’ slang].Ropes. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Ropes.
 
Fought back to the ropes. Fought to the bitter end. A pugilistic phrase.   1
        “It is a battle that must be fought game, and right back to the ropes.”—Boldrewood: Robbery Under Arms, chap. xxxiii.
 


 Rope-walk [barristers’ slang].Ropes. 

 
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